"Places that thrive in the new economy and attract an educated workforce are distinctive, attractive, and rich in amenities...Failing to invest in [quality of life] attributes can have negative consequences for a local, state or regional economy." – IEDC (2006)





  1. Easley, V. G., & Coyne, G. (2005, June). Discovering and planning your community character: Guidebook for citizens and local planners. Georgia Department of Community Affairs Technical Assistance Series.

    Excerpt: "This guidebook describes character areas, provides tools and techniques for identifying character areas, and discusses the processes for visioning in your community…This guidebook, which is a set of “how-to” instructions on discovering the character areas in your community, is a companion to [the Georgia Department of Community Affairs] guides on implementation and land use management."

  2. Easley, V. G., & Coyne, G. (2005, April). Planning for community involvement: Guidebook for citizens and local planners. Georgia Department of Community Affairs Technical Assistance Series.

    Excerpt: "Planning for people to be involved in the plan is the purpose of this guidebook. It covers topics such as determining who should be involved, how much involvement is needed, and making meetings successful and effective. Just as there should be a plan to plan, there should also be a plan for involvement. “Planning for Community Involvement” provides the information to help create a community participation plan, including a toolbox of techniques." 75 pages.

  3. Frej, A. (2002, April 8-9). Corporate location and smart growth. A policy forum report. Washington D.C.: Urban Land Institute.

    Excerpt: "In April 2002, ULI–the Urban Land Institute convened a panel of 37 experts in Washington, D.C., to discuss the topic “Corporate Location and Smart Growth.” The purpose of the forum was to stimulate a dialogue on the question of how the real estate needs of companies can be met in settings that are consistent with smart growth principles."

  4. Henton, D., & Walesh, K. (1998, April). Linking the new economy to the livable community. Palo Alto: Collaborative Economics. Funded by the James Irvine Foundation.

    Overview from Smart Growth Online: "This paper was written in response to the absence of economy in the discussions about new Urbanism and Livable Communities. Thus this paper aims to interject this concern into the debate, highlighting the economic benefits of livability and smart growth, and defining the place of new urbanism in the new economy."

  5. Iams, A., & Kaplan, P. (Eds.). (2006, August). Economic development and smart growth. Washington, D.C.: International Economic Development Council.

    From Publisher Description: "Economic development success and smart growth can go hand-in-hand. IEDC’s Economic Development and Smart Growth presents eight case studies on communities that incorporated smart growth principles in their development projects and have experienced economic development improvements in the form of increased tax revenue, more jobs, higher income levels, downtown revitalization, business growth, and other indicators of economic success."

  6. Kaplan, M. (2001). The Futures Festival—An intergenerational approach to community participation: A facilitators guide. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University.

    Publishers Description: "The Futures Festival is a special event designed to engage people of all ages in dialogue about community issues. It is geared toward children and older adults, two groups who typically dont have as many opportunities to participate in community affairs as other groups. This 12-page publication explains to to organize and facilitate a Futures Festival event in your community."

  7. Kelbaugh, D. (2000, June 16). Civitas and democracy: The role of placemaking in our current political culture. Presented at CNU 2000: The Politics of Place.

    Excerpts from his Book, Common Place II.

  8. Leonard, J. (2006). Working better together to design our future. Keynote presentation presented at Symposium-Summit 2006, University of Minnesota-Morris.

    Excerpt: "Even people in the business community are beginning to embrace the idea that design is central to gaining a competitive advantage. I would argue it is also an essential element for communities to be competitive and sustainable in the 21st century."

  9. McCann, E.J. (2002, August). The cultural politics of local economic development: meaning-making, place-making, and the urban policy process. Geoforum 33(3): 385-398.

    From Author Abstract: "…[T]his paper focuses on how various visions of the future of localities are contested in the local policy process. It argues that this struggle can be usefully understood as a cultural politics in which meanings are defined and struggled over, where social values are naturalized, and by which 'common sense' is constructed and contested…[T]he term 'cultural politics of local economic development' is, then, intended to indicate that meaning-making and place-making occur simultaneously in struggles over the future of space economies…[and to address the] …distinction between 'culture' and 'economy' …[I]t is argued that this approach is useful in that it provides insight into non-elite perspectives on local economic development and that it underscores the role played by everyday life in constituting political action…"

    Note: An interesting but very academic article. 14 pages.

  10. Muro, M., & Puentes, R. (2004, March). Investing in a better future: A review of the fiscal and competitive advantages of smarter growth development patterns. A discussion paper. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

    From Executive Summary: "This paper makes the case that more compact development patterns and investing in projects to improve urban cores could save taxpayers money and improve overall regional economic performance. To that end, it relies on a review of the best academic empirical literature to weigh the extent to which a new way of thinking about growth and development can benefit governments, businesses, and regions during these fiscally stressed times."

  11. NALGEP and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. (2004). Smart growth is smart business. Washington D.C.: Authors.

    Excerpt from the Introduction: "In this new study…NALGEP and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute sought to determine whether the private sector’s interest in smart growth had increased or whether it was merely a passing fad. We wanted to learn whether business leaders would still promote smart growth during times of economic downturn, declining profits, and downsizing. We sought to identify additional successful and profitable businesses that brought vitality and prosperity to their communities."

  12. Sander, T. (2002, Fall). Social capital and New Urbanism: Leading a civic horse to water? National Civic Review 91(3): 213-234.

    Excerpt: "New Urbanism has been ascendant in the last several decades, riding its promise as a strategy to reduce suburban sprawl and automobile dependence, while increasingly fostering stronger communities. But does New Urbanism work? Does New Urbanist design produce stronger communities, viewed through the lens of social capital?" 22 pages.

Last Updated: May 21, 2014